Jul 22 2022

1.  Can you tell us a bit about yourself what might a typical day in your role as Acting Sports Development Senior Manager look like?

I joined Royal Holloway in 2019 as part of the Active Lifestyle and Sport team. I developed a keen interest in sports development through my time studying at the University of Bedfordshire. I went on to be an elected officer at the Students’ Union where my love for sport was joined by a new passion for providing the best student experience possible.

I'm not sure I have such a thing as a 'typical' working day as every day is different dependent on what's coming up. Most days, I work with the Active Lifestyle and Sport team to ensure that all our programmes and activities are inclusive, safe and most of all enjoyable for all that attend. I also have days where I spend my time researching and understanding new initiatives to bring to Royal Holloway to ensure we're giving a great experience to our students and staff. Additionally, I line manage a great team of people that cover a wide range of sport services such as our communication channels, sports scholarship programme and our participation activities.

2.  Can you tell us more about how you and your team support students to get involved in sport on campus and maintain an active lifestyle?

It’s important to understand that with physical activity it is not a ‘one size fits all’ situation. Many people face multiple barriers to engaging in physical activity and it is our job to understand those barriers of engagement and do whatever we can to remove them, or at least reduce them.

At Royal Holloway, and in the higher education sector, we are very fortunate to have many different departments that we can work collaboratively to help us tackle this. We work closely with the likes of Hall Life, Volunteering, Wellbeing and the Students’ Union to reach students that might not have engaged with us before but also to seek their feedback on what they want to see from their physical activity offer on campus and remotely.

3.  Our College is hosting the UK Corporate Games from 1-4 September. What opportunities are there for colleagues to get involved with the Games, and what do you hope the legacy of these games will be?

It’s a very exciting time for colleagues who would like to represent Royal Holloway. We have a number of sports that staff can take part in, from Tennis, Football and even Dragon Boat racing. If colleagues would like to get involved, they will need to complete the expression of interest form before the Sunday 31 July. The form can be accessed here: https://forms.office.com/r/1wsmJ4uaik

Active Lifestyle and Sport are aiming to use the UK Corporate Games as a starting point for offering more opportunities for colleagues to be able to take part in physical activity on and off campus. So, make sure to keep a look out on social media (RHULSPORT) and intranet pages for the latest information on what you can get involved with.

4.  What do you enjoy most about working at our College?

Definitely the contact with students, and the fact that no day is the same - it’s very varied. The opportunity to work with a variety of different people always excites me, whether that’s other members of staff, students or colleagues across the sector.  

The fact that we get to experience the development of students from the day they come through the door to their graduation is really rewarding.

5.  How do you like to spend your free time outside of work?

My time is usually taken up with either playing or watching sport. I am a keen Hockey player, so spend most of my Saturdays playing for Crawley Town. I am lucky/unlucky enough that my Dad has season tickets at Old Trafford so try to get to as many games as I can through the season as well. Besides sport, I have a love for building Lego, so much so that the spare room is slowly going to become a bit of a Lego Museum.